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Comment: Oh get off it (Score 1) 135

by Sycraft-fu (#49833581) Attached to: Fallout 4 Announced

They are different for sure, but that doesn't make them bad. I enjoyed Fallout 3 and I loved New Vegas. Are they the same kind of game as 1 and 2? No, not at all, but they are enjoyable all the same. Not everything needs to be the same all the time, you can have different things in the same universe and it can be fun.

By the same "things can never change" logic, Fallout 1 and 2 were no good because they were different from Wasteland, which was their predecessor (the universe was made because Interplay couldn't get the rights to Wasteland from EA).

Evaluate a game on its own merits. Don't demand that it be just like its predecessors.

Comment: Re:probably a fair sentence (Score 1) 215

by TiggertheMad (#49825121) Attached to: Ross Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison, and ...
Ebay and CL aren't guilty of racketeering, because they didn't create their services to sell contraband and evade legal authorities. They both work to keep illegal activities from dominating their business. Clearly, the difference here is intent. SilkRoad was created from the start to be a black market site.

The various federal agencies that are engaging in parallel construction are conspiring to break the law, so yes, they are probably guilty. I wish you the best of luck in getting them arrested and tried.

The bankers involved in default credit swaps are probably guilty of fraud, not racketeering, as they seem to have been deceiving investors about the risk they were taking in purchasing risky loans. I haven't heard any evidence that there was conspiracy to systematically defraud the country, but rather, a bunch of independent players that all arrived at the conclusion that lying about risk was profitable.

Sort of moot, as either set of charges should be enough to start handing out several hundred year sentences to those involved.

Comment: Re:One port to rule them all... (Score 5, Interesting) 173

And for most users, that one cable is going to be a bog-standard USB 3.1 passive cable, that can still be used for 20Gbps Thunderbolt, as well as USB 3.1 and DisplayPort. This is going to be massive news for consumer docks.

If you absolutely need more than 2GB/s for your attached RAID/GPU then you will need an active Thunderbolt cable to reach 40Gbps.

I'm sure this use case was part of the USB Type C plan.

Comment: probably a fair sentence (Score 3, Insightful) 215

by TiggertheMad (#49823657) Attached to: Ross Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison, and ...
He didn't sell any actual drugs, he just ran the site for people who did.

IANAL, but that sounds like racketeering to me. If he was tried in the 1970s, I bet the feds would have slapped him with racketeering charges which were designed to allow them to bust mob bosses, who 'just gave orders' to others to commit crimes. Just because you aren't handling physical contraband, doesn't mean that you are innocent. He was conspiring to allow others to break laws en mass. He knew what he was doing from the start, this isn't an innocent mistake.

Comment: Re:Share your "encryption network" with Suckerberg (Score 1) 138

by grub (#49822071) Attached to: Facebook Now Supports PGP To Send You Encrypted Emails
Anyone who encrypts mail to me does it from their own machines. This is for Facebook mail to you. If a user grabs your keys they can also send you mail directly without going through Facebook.

Facebook lets you control your public keys as if it were any other information: public, friends only, etc.

Comment: Those don't bother me, if done well (Score 1) 298

by Sycraft-fu (#49821321) Attached to: Netflix Is Experimenting With Advertising

I mean you need things like computers, cellphones, beverages, etc in a show. I'm not bothered if those have logos, or if they don't. In fact, it can look more natural and realistic if they do. A Good example is Dell in V for Vendetta. Nothing in your face, the logos on the cop's monitors just aren't covered up. They are just part of the set. When it is done like that, I'm quite happy.

An example of it being done poorly that bothered me was in I Robot, when Will Smith puts on some brand new Converse shoes released in sync with the movie and talks about them. It was very clearly something shoehorned in there, not a fluid part of the script.

Comment: It took mine. (Score 1) 138

by grub (#49821015) Attached to: Facebook Now Supports PGP To Send You Encrypted Emails
Just added my keys. Not that I care about the notifications that "Billy scored X on Y Game", but anything that obfuscates and encrypts data on the wire is a good thing. It's not just the NSA, how many of you use gmail? This will keep them from scanning your mail.

>In fact I may enable a bunch more useless notifications and set up a rule to delete them at my end as they arrive.

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